8 yr old going through puberty?

Kelli - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Okay I can't say who but I have an 8 yr old in my family that is "spotting" and cramping and starting to get hair down below. Is this normal? Her mother started her period when she was 8 too but I am shocked. 8 yrs old is so young. I didn't get my period till I was 13yrs old. She is also starting to get her boobs. I thought that was normal but not the cramping and spotting and pubic hair. Does anyone else think this is strange or do you know someone who was young and going through puberty?

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MJ - posted on 04/13/2011

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This seems to be very common these days. Realized so much talking to her friends parents. Have heard that with environmental changes, such as even plastics exposure (eating too many foods which have been heated in microwave causing chemical changes), but whatever, girls in general are beginning to develop earlier. Its been a year since your post, hope you've adjusted. Though young, being open to that girls questions is important. I've had some wonderful conversations with my daughter on 'womanhood' issues since, mostly just helping her feel comfortable with these changes and "normal". She never ceases to amaze me.

Terra - posted on 04/21/2010

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I hit puberty quite early, started to develop breast and grow body hair by 8 and had my period at 9, I suffered a lot with my period because I had mild to moderate endometriosis (spelling), which is when the lining of the uterus doesn't just tear it actually turns inside out, very painful, and will usually cause you to be bed ridden for at least 2 days. The most severe form can take away your ability to walk as the pain will affect your pelvic region and legs. If she's already having cramping and it's keeping her bed rid for more than 24 hrs or it's accompanied with vomiting I would start talking to your family doctor. As for her starting this early it's not anything I would loose sleep over.

Tara - posted on 04/20/2010

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I started developing and spotting at that age as well. I was a DD cup by the time I was 11 and had been having my period for almost a year by then. It is becoming more normal for girls to enter puberty by 8 or 9 and if there is previous family history of early puberty I wouldn't think it is that unusual.

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Kelli - posted on 04/21/2010

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Thanks everyone with your responses. I was just worried about her because she is just so young to have to go through this.

Louise - posted on 04/20/2010

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If this was normal for her mum then I am afraid she will follow suit. Me personally if it was my daughter would seek medical help to see if they could prevent this for a few more years. It seems so unfair to put an 8 year old through this! What happened to being a carefree kid! Bless her. this is miserable. If there is really nothing the medical profession can do then you have to deal with the emotional side of an 8 year old and she will need professional help. I feel so sorry for her :(

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2010

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What if the mother was bottle fed too? I'm just repeating what I heard on t.v.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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There is also speculation that the hormones used to mass produce meats can cause premature puberty but if the mother went through puberty early, then it is not likely caused by hormones in meats or by the heating of a baby bottle. It is caused by genetics.

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2010

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I heard on the t.v that some plastics used in baby bottles (when heated up and used a lot like formula and bottle fed babies) can cause girls to go through puberty early. (and ADD/ADHD in boys).

Carolee - posted on 04/20/2010

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I "started" when I was 9. If her mom went through it that early, it wouldn't surprise me if she is.

Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2010

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This is an early age to start puberty but if this has happened to other members of her family, then it should be considered normal and should not require investigation by a physician. The amazing thing about the human body is that there are exceptions to every rule. Some children are born with teeth... is it common? No... but it would still fall within the range of normal for some children.

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